I've long admired the work of Kiralee and Co, I love how their minimal designs combine both feminine and masculine energy to create a stunning and practical piece of home decor. To top that off their creations are both ethical and sustainable!
I love that their studio is so light and airy with blacks, timber and pops of green from all their glorious houseplants. (Plus Kiralee has a fabulous collection of works from other local artists I greatly admire.) Yay for makers supporting makers! Their studio is the kind of space that makes you want to sit down and get productive in, take a look for yourself...
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kirralee and I’m the creative director of Kirralee and Co, a small woodworking business in Ipswich Queensland. Along with my husband and apprentice, the three of us make hanging vases, shelving and artisan knives.
How long have you had your business?
We’ve been operating for 3 years now.
Growing up, what did you aspire to be?
I always thought I would have a family but never thought too much about a career when I was younger. After some time time I grew a passion for art and galleries and it’s still a hope of mine to have my own gallery one day.
What is your favourite thing about your business?
Being able to make with my hands every day and seeing things through the whole process, from initial idea to sending it to someone who connects with it.
Did you always want to pursue a creative career path?
Yes. totally. Whenever I’m not making things for my business I’m working in galleries and with other people. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
How would you describe your products to someone who has never seen them?
Wooden homewares that are sustainably sourced, boldly minimal and change and grow as you do.
What is currently the most popular item in your shop?
Our best friends vase is always popular - thats the one that holds a stem of flora and a picture.
What is your intention behind your business?
For our family, we want to be able to live off this income and spend more time together making things. I hope that the business is seen as a sustainable option for high quality homewares.
At what point did you realise this wasn’t a hobby anymore?
With some wise council from friends and just the demand on my time increasing, I had less and less time to be doing other things. It was a slow process.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue becoming self-employed?
Take your time, you don’t have to go full time self employed and surround yourself with good people who love what you do and have walked the self employed road before.